Grant hurt by Chelsea departure

Portsmouth manager Avram Grant cannot forgive the way he was axed by Chelsea after taking the club to the Champions League final.

The Israeli's Pompey side play Chelsea in next weekend's FA Cup Final, but Grant remains hurt by the way he was treated by the current Premier League leaders.

He said:"If I had been manager at the start of the season and we had played as well as we had finished the campaign, Chelsea not Manchester United would have been Premier League champions.

"And how close were we from winning the Champions League? A penalty away.

"So I can tell you with total honesty that I was not happy with the way they treated me in the end.

"There were a lot of negative things that happened, things I didn't like and find hard to forget.

"I was very proud of what I achieved at Chelsea but their big mistake was to take what I did for granted.

"I felt it was important the club had continuity and was looking towards long-term stability.

"I always believed that it would be easier in the second season. But I was never given the chance."

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